7 spots to close for sure on Jan 13

Six intersections in inner Bangkok and Chaeng Wattana Road are certain to be closed for the Bangkok shut-down operation on Jan 13 by anti-government protesters under the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC).

PDRC secretary general Suthep Thaugsuban told protesters on Saturday night at Democracy Monument that the protesters will close important intersections including the Lat Phrao five-way intersection, Victory Monument, Pathumwan, Lumpini park, Ratchaprasong and Asok and Chaeng Wattana Road. 

He said the siege of Bangkok will be carried with caution to minimise the impact on the public. The demonstrators will not go to Thon Buri and suburban areas because they are more residential.

Mr Suthep also said that shops or businesses should open as normal, while one traffic lane will be opened for public buses. People who need to get to a hospital should put up a sign and the guards will allow them to pass.

One type of vehicle that will certainly not be allowed to pass will be from the government and those belonging to civil servants.

He again urged protesters in the provinces to pack supplies in preparation for one to two months of fighting caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra - and after the muan maha prachachon (mass uprising) win, they would seize caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s assets.

The protesters would also march to the residence of Ms Yingluck and other caretaker ministers such as Kittiratt Na Ranong.

The PDRC earlier announced it would close 20 intersections in Bangkok, causing worries among government agencies, particularly the Transport Ministry. 

The earlier announced intersections are 1) Uruphong,  2) Charoenpol, 3) Hua Lamphong, 4) Bang Rak, 5) Silom, 6) Sam Yan, 7) Phaya Thai, 8) Ratchathewi, 9) The Victory Monument, 10) Siam Square, 11) Lat Phrao five-way intersection, 12) Din Daeng, 13) Pratunam, 14) Ratchaprasong, 15) Lumpini, 16) Klong Toey, 17) Asok, 18) Ratchadamnoen, 19) Petchaburi and 20) Yaowarat.

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